Aside from NBC cancelling Ironside and Welcome to the Family, Friday has been a good day for many of our favorite shows, with full season pick-ups, premiere dates and a renewal all being announced.
And now FOX can be added to that list, as the network has ordered a full season of their new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which had initially been given 13 episodes and now has a full 22-episode first season.
“It’s exciting to see that both critics and fans love Brooklyn Nine-Nine as much as we do,” FOX chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “With Andy and Andre out in front of this incredible ensemble, it feels like this show is going to be around for a long time.”
Reilly saying that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be “around for a long time” is a premature comment to make at this point. The comedy starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg hasn’t exactly been drawing in a large audience. It premiered with 6 million viewers, but has since settled to around 3.4 million. But the upside is that the show has received strong reviews.
Aside from the full season pick-up, FOX has also announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is receiving the post-Super Bowl timeslot next year alongside New Girl. When it was revealed back in May that the Zooey Deschanel starring comedy would be airing an episode after the biggest television event of the year, it was mentioned that one of the network’s new comedies would also receive that honor as well. Now we know which one that is.
Looking over which of FOX’s shows could’ve aired after the Super Bowl, it’s no surprise they sidestepped a drama like Sleepy Hollow considering the complicated mythology that goes along with it. So a comedy (or in this case, two comedies) is a safe bet. Brooklyn Nine-Nine fits the Super Bowl demographic, and even though ratings aren’t sky-high, this may have been their only option, considering Dads isn’t faring much better, and is even lower in the demo.
But when you factor in the strong reviews and that Brooklyn has likewise strong support from the network, I’m sure FOX is hoping the post-Super Bowl timeslot will lure in new viewers who haven’t tuned in yet.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm on FOX.
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